Shenece Oretha has been commissioned to create an intervention inspired by Wakefield’s art collection. Since September 2022, Oretha has been working at The Hepworth Wakefield as artist-in-residence as part of 20/20 – a large-scale commissioning initiative led by University of the Arts London Decolonising Arts Institute.
During the residency, Oretha explored the relationship between sculpture and sound in modern British art. She researched how artists including Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore engaged with music, instruments and ideas that have a ‘sonic resonance’ and recorded sounds made by touching the sculptures with different materials. Based on these recordings and her research, Oretha has created a multi-channel sonic composition which will be played through specially devised speaker-sculptures placed among works from the collection that have inspired her composition.
The Hepworth Wakefield, until 3rd March ‘24. £13 / £11 / Free for Members.
Image: © Shenece Oretha, courtesy of the artist and Hepworth Wakefield.